The Raffle Basket from the friends of the library was won by Judy Bird. Congratulations Miss Judy! Thank you everyone involved in this event.
A group of us met on Wednesday, May 30th, at ten o’clock to discuss The Stranger by Camus. We agreed that the book was depressing and it was a good thing it was short! It did provide conversation about the main character’s attitude about life. It really does not matter if Meursault ( the main character) dies by execution or lives to die a natural death at old age. Life is meaningless for him.
We chose several titles for the upcoming months. Here’s the schedule:
June 27 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (books should be available June 1 at the library)
July 25 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Aug.29 The Alchemist
Sept. 26 The Stone Angel
Oct.31 Miss Dreamsville & the Collier Co. Women’s Literary Society
Nov. 28 The Help
And for those who are keeping track, these are the books we read last year:
The Zookeeper’s Wife
My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You I’m Sorry
The Bishop’s Wife by Harrison
History of Love
A couple of books were recommended by the members present. They are:
Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
In his landmark bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?In Blink we meet the psychologist who has learned to predict whether a marriage will last, based on a few minutes of observing a couple; the tennis coach who knows when a player will double-fault before the racket even makes contact with the ball; the antiquities experts who recognize a fake at a glance. Here, too, are great failures of “blink”: the election of Warren Harding; “New Coke”; and the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police. Blink reveals that great decision makers aren’t those who process the most information or spend the most time deliberating, but those who have perfected the art of “thin-slicing”-filtering the very few factors that matter from an overwhelming number of variables.
The End of Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
What are you reading?”
That’s the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less.
This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “book club” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading. Their list jumps from classic to popular, from poetry to mysteries, from fantastic to spiritual. The issues they discuss include questions of faith and courage as well as everyday topics such as expressing gratitude and learning to listen. Throughout, they are constantly reminded of the power of books to comfort us, astonish us, teach us, and tell us what we need to do with our lives and in the world. Reading isn’t the opposite of doing; it’s the opposite of dying.
Will and Mary Anne share their hopes and concerns with each other—and rediscover their lives—through their favorite books. When they read, they aren’t a sick person and a well person, but a mother and a son taking a journey together. The result is a profoundly moving tale of loss that is also a joyful, and often humorous, celebration of life: Will’s love letter to his mother, and theirs to the printed page.